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HR 491 SrSem in Human Resources Mgmt
D'Agostino, Donald J.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

HR 491 SrSem in Human Resources Mgmt

Semester

S2R 2013 SC

Faculty

D'Agostino, Donald J.

Title

Adjunct Faculty: Management/Human Resources Management

Degrees/Certificates

MA/HRM - Webster University, St. Louis, MO
BSBA - Husson University, Bangor, ME
A A - Community College of Rhode Island, Warwick, R.I.

Office Location

Scott Air Force Base, IL (SC005)

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 08:00AM - 5:00pm (By Appointment)

Daytime Phone

314-244-7820

Other Phone

618-531-7772 (Cell)

E-Mail

249391@park.edu

SCOT@park.edu

donaldjd52@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

March 18 through May 12, 2013

Class Days

Saturdays

Class Time

8:00 - 1:00 PM

Prerequisites

EN306B, HR353, HR422, and MG365

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
There is no textbook for this course. All study materials for this course will be provided by the instructor.

Additional Resources:
Books, journals, publications and other supplemental reading as assigned by the instructor.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
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Course Description:
HR 491 Senior Seminar in Human Resources Development: This course is intended to integrate concepts and techniques from the Human Resource curriculum into a framework of applied programs. This course is designed for the advanced student and will give the student an opportunity to investigate and synthesize various concepts of Human Resources management and to relate them to "real world" situations. 3:0:3. Prerequisites: EN306B, HR353, HR422 and MG365

Educational Philosophy:
Provide quality education through interative lectures, discussions and dialog; research and introduce supplemental data to enhance students knowledge of current Human Resources issues; teach students to conceptualize and synthesize material as it relates to contemporary organizational structures and applied research.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify three characteristics of learning organizations.
  2. Explain how an organization's human resources can contribute to the competitive advantage and fulfillment of the mission.
  3. List three potential barriers organizations encounter in their attempts to change in their use of human resources.
  4. Describe how changing demographics in our population are impacting the benefit packages and expectations of employees.
  5. Describe three challenges for white males facing more diversity in the work place.
  6. Write a brief assessment of the implementation and use of diversity programs and the effectiveness of these programs.
  7. Describe two frustrations expressed by current entry-level applicants for positions in organizations.
  8. Identify and describe three or more Human Resource Management Jobs for the future , the typical educational background of future HR professionals, and explain how these jobs will impact the other functions of the organization, as well as the organization's strategic plan.


  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. Describe 3 ways organizations strive to meet employee needs through the attainment of organizational goals.
  2. Explain how fundamental HR processes are linked to the organization's central mission and strategy.
  3. Explain 3 ways organizational values enhance individual and motivation and performance.
  4. Describe 3 ways organizations benefit from an aggressive retention strategy.
Core Assessment:
Final examination

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Students are required to read all material as assigned and be prepared to discuss in class. Students will also select an article from a current journal and provide a ten (10) minute oral briefing explaining the strengths or weaknesses of the article's content with respect to it's application in todays contemporary organization. In addition to the mid-term and final examination, students will research a topic of their choosing related to the course and submit a twelve (12) page research paper prepared in accordance with APA standards.
**Aforementioned requirements also apply to Individual Instruction.

Grading:

Grades will be determined using a total point system. Students can earn a total of one thousand (1000) points for the course. The following grading standard will apply:
 
Mid-Term Examination........................................200 Points
Final Examination.................................................300 Points 
Oral Presentation.................................................150 Points  
Research Paper...................................................150 Points 
Classroom Project...............................................100 Points
Quizes.................................................................100 Points
 
Grading Scale:
100 - 90%   1000 - 900 points   = A
89 - 80%      899 -800 points     = B
79 - 70%      799 - 700 points    = C
69 - 60%      699 - 600 points    = D
59% or less   599 points or less  = F

The course grade for students will be based on the overall average of homework and tests taken during the course in accordance with the weighting of the various requirements as stated in the syllabus.

All final exams in all School of Business courses will be comprehensive and will be closed book and closed notes. They will constitute 30% of the total course grade and will not be a take-home exam. They will be completed during the test week in the period designated by the registrar or by the Proctor in the case online courses. If calculators are allowed, they will not be multifunctional electronic devices that include features such as: phones, cameras, instant messaging, pagers, and so forth. Electronic Computers will not be allowed on final exams unless an exception is made by the Dean of the School of Business.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments turned in beyond their due dates unless for legitimate reasons such as illness or temporary duty. Late submissions, without a legitimate reason or permission by the instructor, will result in a failing grade. Students who will be absent as a result of temporary military duty must provide the instructor with a copy of official orders. In the case of bereavement or serious illness of an immediate family member, students should provide the instructor with a letter containing a doctor's statement and phone number. This letter is required before consideration is given for additional time to complete assignments.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Students are expected to treat their classroom obligations as they would any professional engagement. In addition to taking responsibility for information shared during the instructor's lecture, students will:
(1) Arrive promptly for class.
(2) Be prepared and actively take part in discussions of assigned readings and exercises.
(3) Adhere to deadlines and timetables established by the instructor.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week One/March 23, 2013
Discussion of Course Objectives
Orientation Exercises and Distribution of Course Materials
Lecture Topics (2):
1. Characteristics of Modern Organizations
2. Contemporary HR Strateies
 
Week Two/March 29, 2013
Lecture Topics (3):
1. Purpose of HRD
2. Fundamental HR Processes and their Link to the Organization's Central Mission 
3. Gaining a Competitive Advantage Through Employees
Oral Presentations
Quiz #1
 
Week Three/April 6, 2013
Lecture topics (2):
1. Barriers to Change in Organizations
2. Characteristics and Advantages of learning Organizations
Quiz #2
***Mid-Term Examination Review***
 
Week Four/April 13, 2013
Mid-Term Examination
Lecture Topics (3):
1. Implementing Sound Recruiting and Staffing Programs
2. Frustration of Entry Level Applicants
3. Affects of Changing Demographics on Organizational Policies and Benefits
Oral Presentations
 
Week Five/April 20, 2013
Lecture Topics (2):
1. Benefits Derived Through the Implimentation of Diversity Programs
2. Strategies that Enhance Employee Motivation and Performance
Oral Presentations
Quiz #3
 
Week Six/April 27, 2013
Lecture Topics (2):
1. Building Sound Training and Development Programs
2. Meeting Employee Needs through the Attainment of Organizational Goals
Oral Presentations
Quiz #4 
 
Week Seven/May 4, 2013 
Lecture Topics (3):
1. Detailed Job Descriptions vs. Broad Job Summaries
2. Advantages of an Aggressive Retention Strategy
3. The Future of the HR Profession
Quiz #5
Research Papers Due
Final Examination Review
 
Week Eight/May 11, 2013
Instructor's Summation of the Course
Return Graded Research Papers
Final Examination

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Identify and describe three or more Human Resource Management Jobs for the future , the typical educational background of future HR professionals, and explain how these jobs will impact the other functions of the organization, as well as the organization's strategic plan Identify three Human Resource Management jobs for the future and explain how the education background is changing for human resource professionals.

 
Identification of less than three future HR positions, or  lack of explanations for there positions. Identification of only 1 job or no substantive answer. 
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Thorough description, explanation, and detailed references to instances when human resource specifically to fulfillment of organizational mission. Explain how an organization's human resources can contribute to the competitive advantage, fulfillment of the mission, and getting things done. No explanation or incomplete explanation. No explanation 
Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Expanded description to provide examples of how demographic changes both present and future will impact benefit packages and descriptions of alternative methods organizations may use to resolve differences. Describe how changing demographics in our population are impacting the benefit packages and expectations of employees.

 
No description

Listing of demographic categories or trends
 
No significant answer or unrelated material. 
Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Assessment includes alternative methods to resolve or improve ineffective programs and description of methods which may be used to bridge diversity and affirmative action program outcomes. Write a brief assessment of the design, implementation, and use of diversity programs and the effectiveness of these programs.

 
No assessment

Incomplete assessment

A statement which reflects inadequate familiarity with HR-related terminology, or superficial response.

 
No answer or irrelevant material presented. 
Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Assessment includes alternative methods to resolve or improve ineffective programs and description of methods which may be used to bridge diversity and affirmative action program outcomes. Write a brief assessment of the design, implementation, and use of diversity programs and the effectiveness of these programs.

 
Inadequate assessment of present conditions in HR practices. Relating to diversity in the workforce. No concepts presented or irrelevant material submitted. 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
1                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
Description of characteristics in detail, including strategies used to promote organizational learning. Identify three characteristics of learning organizations. Lack of identification, or incomplete identification of characteristics of learning organizations No application or irrelevant material submitted. 
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Outcomes
3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
A description of barriers and thorough review of alternative methods that may be used to lower or eliminate the barrier. List three potential barriers organizations encounter in their attempts to change in their use of human resources.

 
Lack of identification of potential barriers. No barriers submitted or irrelevant material submitted. 
Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Outcomes
5 & 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Thorough description expanded to include methods for overcoming the challenges, and predictions for new challenges as the workforce continues to change.

Thorough description expanded to include methods for resolving the frustrations, and predictions for new frustrations as the workforce continues to change.
 
Describe three challenges for white males facing more diversity in the work place.

Describe two frustrations expressed by current entry-level applicants for positions in organizations.


 
Lack of description or incomplete description of the challenges for white males.

Lack or incomplete description of frustrations expressed by current entry-level applicants.
 
No description of challenges or irrelevant material submitted.
No description of frustrations or irrelevant material submitted.
 

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